I haven’t written anything in a while. I took a long break from sharing my thoughts here and it’s made me gain a new level of respect for a few things, relative to life and leadership.
Through prayer and meditation, I have been led to focus on the following list.
- Staying Humble – I have watched others fall from a level of higher standing, simply because they did not understand what true humility was all about. Watching this has made me sensitive to my interactions with others. It’s also made me realize my “place”.
- Letting people finish sentences and responding to what they say, as opposed to saying what I was going to say before they opened their mouth. In other words, giving their words more value than my own. This leads to #3.
- Focusing on listening, rather than being heard.
- Being slow to anger. Sometimes when I think something is going on, it isn’t. I do much better when I get all the facts. There’s always time to be angry, but you may not be able to take back words said in the heat of the moment. Especially when those words sting the ones you supposedly love.
- Reading more and writing less. I have dedicated myself to reading everyday. I like to read, but am not committed. I am good at starting books, but it takes a long time for me to finish them. I am getting better, having just completed Simon Sinek’s book “Leaders Eat Last”. (It’s not bad, by the way)
- Shifting all learning to areas that matter. I am bombarded with worthless information everyday. It’s important to separate that which does not matter from that which adds value to others. Which leads to probably the most profound thing I have learned…
- Realizing that I am here to serve others. I should always be looking to improve the lives of those around me, because I cannot keep what I have unless I give it away. If I look to selfishly preserve only myself, I believe my life will be much less influential than it was meant to be.
These are just a few things. There are many more that I’ll be writing about moving forward. They have also changed how I view my relationship with God. I must constantly seek to reduce my will and elevate His. I cannot do anything worthwhile outside of Him. No I am not perfect, but I’m trying to get better everyday.
Thanks for reading!